Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

February 19, 2013

Dead Sea Scrolls on display in Cincinnati

Pat Smith
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — Irene Krieger said last week that they went to see the once-in-a-lifetime-exhibition of The Dead Sea Scrolls at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History and were more than impressed with it.

“The exhibit includes more than 600 objects from the Biblical to the Bysantine Period, including the oldest known copies of the Hebrew Bible,” she said.

She would even love to see it again.

“There are stone carvings, textiles and beautiful mosaics, items of everyday life such as jewelry and ceramics, and an authentic three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall. This exhibit is only open until April 14. I thought it was fantastic; I would love to see it again.”

She said the Dead Sea Scrolls have been called the most significant archaeological find of the last century, and she certainly agrees with that. “It’s truly amazing that these scrolls were preserved for more than 2,000 years, in clay pots hidden in eleven caves. Most of the Old Testament was found and translated from the original Hebrew, and several other languages.”  

Because of the fragility of the scrolls, they may only be on display for three months at a time before they must “rest” in complete darkness for one year. The new rotation includes scrolls of Deuteronomy, Psalms, Isaiah Commentary, Book of War, Aramaic Levi, Pseudo-Ezekiel, Apocryphal Lamentations, Papyrus Bar, Community Rule and Leviticus/Numbers. The scrolls are on display in a 25-foot-diameter Communal Scroll Table which protects the scrolls and is the main showpiece of the exhibition. The table contains 10 individual display chambers, one for each scroll, along with the full English translation, a large high-resolution image and a full explanation of each scroll’s religious and historical significance.

Irene said she was sure that “there are many Greensburg Daily News readers who do not know that this exhibit is currently at the museum and would appreciate learning about it.” I would love to see it too, so if someone is going at a time I could go...

Irene is a genealogist so she has an appreciation of history. She also sent this information: Currently receipts from the local Kroger print out a $3 discount for this exhibition. Seniors are eligible for discounts and AAA members can get a discount. The Cincinnati Museum Center is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Call 513-287-7021 for information and if you have access to a computer you can see a short video at: cincymuseum.org/dead-sea-scrolls.

And speaking of the Internet, some of you might remember Jerry Battiste who worked at the Greensburg Daily News several years ago. He is now living in Muncie and is owner of Dandelion Digital Media which is good for us in Decatur County. He designed (or whatever one does for such things) a page titled “Go Do Greensburg.” I get it through Facebook. If we forget to put notices of meetings, special events and businesses in our Daily News we can put them on Go Do Greensburg. For example, recently I had already turned in a column when I remembered the quilt show at Art on the Square. Names of contributors aren’t included, but I put this notice: “If you’re near Greensburg in February you should stop at “Art On The Square” (north side) and see the display of wall quilts made by local people.”

Someone recently put, “On Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. you might want to visit the Decatur County Historical Museum for Ben Morris and a really great Archaeology exhibit.” Remember, though, that many people choose not to rely on computers so the Daily News or WTRE is still the most used source.

Taussie and I stopped in Sibbitt Chevrolet Buick last week. I wanted to see the changes they’re making and Taussie to see which dog Paula had in the office. It was the Beagle and Taussie was in sheer heaven for a while.

While there we saw Jeff McIntyre, a most distinguished man who now has some white in his black hair. That makes me feel - ah - mature because Jeff and I worked at WTRE at the same time a very long time ago when he was just a kid. Now he has a grandchild that just turned a year old. Proud grandpa that he is, he had two pictures of his little grandchild on his desk.

I am just about through watching Downton Abbey that comes on PBS on Sunday evenings. Why on earth do the writers want to kill off characters every time you turn around. It seems to me that every time a character has a baby another character dies.